DIY Spiderweb Cake GONE WRONG! (Sort of)

Welcome to my Halloween video bonanza for October. First up is a perfect example of what happens when I do a DIY – it progressively becomes a failure.

Bill and I had a go at a spooky cobweb cake which is meant to look something like this:

 

But I think we can all agree our final result is… a bit different. However, it tasted amazing and was probably the nicest cake I’ve ever made, and I have made a few despite appearances.

See you next week!

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Easter arts, crafts, treats and disturbing peeps

Well, it seems Easter is on the 31st of March this year, which is earlier than I thought. Lucky I’m here to tell you what to do. Remember, if you don’t listen, its the 445stripper pole peepsstick again…

First off here’s a couple of recipes for spooky treats for the family visit. They should know what you’re like by now, and if not they soon will when you offer them a tray of creepy spiderweb-eggs-1cupcakes including brains, spiderweb cupcakes and this assortment of goodies including spiderweb eggs. See, eggs! It’s seasonal.

Imagine if you answer the door holding the trays in this very disturbing rabbit outfit too!

Here are some easter egg decoration ideas for geeks, and some ‘peep dioramas‘ (what’s a peep diorama? Check the second video below) featuring scenes of rabbit massacres, aliens and pole dancing. How can you resist trying to recreate those?! And let’s not forget these Halloween Easter eggs.

Finally here are some videos for those who need inspiration. Enjoy!

Ooh, colours!

Peep dioramas

Spider eggs count, right?

Killer rabbit makeup. You know, for the egg hunt later.

Easter arts and crafts (and zombies)

At easter when I was small my sisters and I would make a scene of hatching chicks using cotton wool, paint and real egg shells. Its bizarre to think that the girls who would sneak off to raves in the middle of the night would also spend time with me making things.

Anyway…spring and easter are looming and that means three things; chocolates, hormones and arts and crafts. And apparently zombies. Four things. Click on the links for how tos or to purchase these seasonal lovelies.

Zombie poppet bunnies
Zombie poppet bunnies

Firstly, they won’t be around for long but the zombie poppet bunnies are rather cute.

Geektyrant.com
Geektyrant.com

I found a very different idea for egg decorating on geektyrant.com.

Send your zombie easter bunny ecard to a friend from ifyouwereazombie.com.

If psychedelic colours are more your thing, combine their forces with chocolate as found on Bakerellacom.

Bakerella's cake pops
Bakerella’s cake pops

Or pretend you’re starring alongside Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in The Trip with the edible psychedelic delights on Barnorama.

Far out! From Barnorama
Far out! From Barnorama

Recipe for rainbow cake!

If I ever decided to get married (and, you know, get a boyfriend and all that boring stuff) this is the cake I want! I found it on Deviant Art by ‘yobanda‘. It trumped a gingerbread house by miles:

I found the recipe here on tastykitchen.com:

“Ingredients

  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 2 boxes White Cake Mix
  • 4 drops Food Coloring (Use As Much As Needed To Attain Desired Color)
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • 4 packages Cream Cheese (8 Oz. Package)
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 5 cups To 6 Cups Powder Sugar (confectioners Sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla

Preparation Instructions

I use Ateco food coloring, which can be found at http://www.atecousa.net

For the cake, make one box cake mix according to the directions on the box. Separate batter into 3 bowls with roughly about 1 cup of cake mix per bowl. Add desired food coloring to each bowl (purple, blue, green).

Bake cakes in round pans according to box instructions, but make sure you check the cake about 10 minutes before it’s supposed to be done. With less mix in each pan, they can cook faster.

Repeat for the remaining colors (red, orange, yellow). You will now have six layers of different colors.

For the frosting, mix together softened (room temperature) butter and softened (room temperature) cream cheese until well combined. Add vanilla. Combine. Slowly add in powder sugar.

(After the 5th cup of powdered sugar, taste the frosting and see if you would like it sweeter. I tend to use the full 6 cups, but some prefer the frosting less sweet.)

Cake assembly:

I try to first level each layer of cake with a large bread knife. For the rainbow cake especially, if all the layers are level, then they will evenly display when you cut into it.

Start with the PURPLE layer first. Put the purple layer on your cake stand or plate. Add enough frosting to cover the layer and some to spill over the edges, anywhere from 1/2 to one cup of frosting. Run the flat, straight side of a knife around the cake to smooth out the edges.

Add the BLUE layer of the cake. Put frosting in the middle, start spreading out frosting with the flat, straight side of a knife so that it covers the cake and falls out over the edges. Then run your knife around the outside edge of the cake to smooth out the sides.

Put the cake into the fridge for at least 2 hours or freeze for 1 hour.

Repeat with GREEN layer, then YELLOW layer.

Put cake into fridge for at least 2 hours or freeze for 1 hour.

Repeat with ORANGE layer, then RED layer.

Cover cake with frosting and run the flat, straight edge of a knife around the edges of the cake to smooth out the frosting.

(It was important for me to freeze the cake between layers for a couple reasons. The cake can get really heavy by the time you are adding the 4th, 5th, and 6th layers, but if it is somewhat frozen at this point, it will not get schmooshed or crushed. Also, it is much easier to frost the cake when it is solid, or not wobbling all over.)

Once you have finished frosting the cake, add any decorative touches or words that fit your occasion! Good luck!

(I set the skill level as difficult, but ONLY because of the time involved. Truly, anyone can do this, and do it well! It just takes a little patience. The end result is SOOO worth it!).”

There now, hop to it and post me some!